Iain Blakeley

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12 GST thoughts of Christmas

12 GST thoughts of Christmas: 1. There's no GSTĀ on gifts (so Santa is probably not GST registered). 2. GSTĀ registered businesses can claim back the GST on gifts they buy for staff, suppliers and customers. 3. If you buy someone a gift voucher for Christmas it's quite...

12 GST thoughts of Christmas

12 GST thoughts of Christmas: 1. There's no GST on gifts (so Santa is probably not GST registered). 2. GST registered businesses can claim back the GST on gifts they buy for staff, suppliers and customers. 3. If you buy someone a gift voucher for Christmas it's quite...

Tax free shopping zone for Christchurch?

A tax free zone in Christchurch has been suggested by a new business owners' group there. I think it is a well intentioned idea which poses some reasonably big challenges in practice. The intention is to encourage businesses (and shoppers)to return to the CBD during...

Another reason to do business in New Zealand

I was catching up on some reading of global tax developments and one in particular served as a reminder that in some respects our tax system is quite benign compared to other countries. The UK have VAT rules which restrict what gifts and samples a business can provide...

Free beer for Aussies!

VB have decided they're going to give a free beer to every adult in Australia if that country wins the next Ashes cricket series against England. More details here. The problem for the Government with these sorts of giveaways is they don't get any GST - that is if the...